Spectrum Healthcare – Lymphedema Compression Products

Spectrum Healthcare is a leading supplier of many types of lymphedema compression bandages and pumps, as well as many other lymphedema products. From short compression bandages, used to apply pressure to lymph veins to aid in drainage, to lymphedema compression pumps which are essential in controlling swelling and other lymphedema symptoms, Spectrum Healthcare’s comprehensive line of lymphedema products is sure to have the product or solution that best fits your individualized therapy plan.

Many lymphedema sufferers are able to control their symptoms through the use of various compression techniques. These techniques actively force blood and lymph fluid from tissue and veins, in the case of lymphedema pumps, and also provide resistance the enables the body to work harder on its own, in the case of lymphedema compression products, which can work in tandem to help control the swelling and discomfort associated with lymphedema. Furthermore, these lymphedema products are a vital part of patients’ therapy processes and help sufferers to lead more normal, more active lifestyles.

Lymphedema compression therapy is one of the most widely used and effective treatments for controlling the symptoms of lymphedema. There are many types of lymphedema products that help with compression therapy, but the primary methods of applying controlled pressure are wrap bandages and lymphedema pumps. Each has their own benefits and are typically combined with one another and perhaps other lymphedema therapies to provide the most comprehensive therapy process possible.

Lymphedema compression bandages. Compression bandages, similar to those used for wrist sprains, are simply bandages that are wrapped tightly around the affected area. This compression provides resistance against which the lymph veins can push. This resistance allows the veins to work harder and more efficiently to more completely empty themselves of lymph fluid. In many cases, these compression bandages can enable a greatly increased volume of fluid flow from and can even help to soften tissues and veins that are affected by lymphedema.

Lymphedema pumps. Lymphedema pumps, pneumatic pumps that compress affected areas within inflatable sleeves, are a more active means of lymphedema therapy. These pumps work in a controlled and graduated manner to “cycle” veins through pressure-negative pressure processes by adding and removing pressure. Lymphedema pumps are known to provide similar therapy as that provided by compression bandages and they have the added benefit of softening other tissues which promotes additional fluid flow. However, these pumps may also force lymph fluid into other areas of surrounding tissue, and thus they are often used in conjunction with compression bandages which can help to contain the fluid while it is being evacuated from the area.

While there’s no easy method for controlling lymphedema symptoms, many lymphedema products can be used together to create a personalized, comprehensive therapy plan. These plans work with a patient’s body to promote fluid flow and reduce swelling and discomfort. Additionally, these techniques help to reduce the chance of infection that comes with tissue swelling, a very real danger that can greatly complicate the relief efforts of traditional lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema Relief with Lymphedema Pumps

Lymphedema is a complex and uncomfortable disease that, essentially, results in fluid retention around the extremities in sufferers. This fluid retention causes painful swelling and can even result in limb deformation and potentially deadly infections. Also, because the causes of lymphedema aren’t completely understood, it can be difficult to treat effectively and symptoms will typically progress over the patient’s lifetime. Luckily, there are a few products that are able to help patients to alleviate some of the worst symptoms such as swelling and tightness.

The concept behind lymphedema relief is to treat the fluid buildup. To do this, a variety of techniques involving graduated or constant pressure are used to force excess fluid out of tissue and back into circulation where it can be cleaned by the body. Primarily, this involves a compression wrap, which is similar to the wraps you see on sprain patients, and a lymphedema pump. These two devices work in tandem, each tackling a separate part of the problem.

Compression wraps are very useful in lymphedema therapy because they help the body to work more efficiently. The pressure provided by these wraps will create a rigid structure against which the lymph veins can push. This helps the veins to work more efficiently and to enable positive fluid evacuation from the affected areas. Unfortunately, many patients find that the compression wraps do not totally relieve their symptoms, and this is where lymphedema pumps come in. These pumps are specialized equipment that work with an inflatable sleeve to apply pressure to the areas that are most affected by lymphedema and fluid buildup.

Lymphedema pumps work by applying constant, graduated pressure to an area and then releasing that pressure. This positive-negative pressure cycle helps to simulate the natural flow of blood in the body, and helps to expel fluid from tissues. By doing so, the lymph fluid can circulate in the body properly, where it can be cleaned from the blood without settling into tissues and muscles. Further benefits of lymphedema pumps are that these pumps can help to soften the tissues most often affected by lymphedema and it is this softening effect that promotes natural fluid drainage and circulation.

When used in tandem, compression wraps and lymphedema pumps offer an effective therapy to some of the most unpleasant lymphedema symptoms. And while there is currently no cure for lymphedema, a lymphedema pump is often an essential aspect of patient therapy that helps them to live happier and more comfortable lives.